Permits Filed: 10-Story Viñoly-Designed Office Building at 61 9th Avenue, Chelsea

61 ninth avenue chelsea gmaps61 9th Avenue, image via Google Maps

Next to Chelsea Market and across the street from Google’s block-long office building, Vornado Realty Trust has filed plans for a 10-story office and retail project at 61 9th Avenue, on the corner of West 15th Street in Chelsea.

Last August, the Midtown-based investment firm and Aurora Capital Associates signed a long-term lease on the industrially-zoned site, which was home to Prince Lumber distributors, the Post reported at the time. The new development will be 135 feet tall and hold 122,962 square feet of commercial space, according to the new building application.

Rafael Viñoly, who most famously designed the 96-story residential tower at 432 Park Avenue, is listed as the architect of record.

Retail will occupy the cellar, first and second floors, per the Schedule A. Then offices will be stacked on top, filling the third through ninth floors.

The 12,200-square-foot property offers 100 feet of frontage on Ninth Avenue and 170 feet along West 15th Street. The new building will likely be a fresh, modern addition to this prominent corner in Chelsea. The part of the neighborhood between Ninth Avenue and the Hudson waterfront is only zoned for manufacturing and commercial uses, and so new development has been slower here than in the rest of Chelsea.

So far, the two biggest projects in Chelsea’s manufacturing zone have been conversions of the beautiful industrial buildings on this corner. The old Port Authority building at 111 8th Avenue was transformed into corporate office space for Nike, Barnes and Noble and Google, and the former National Biscuit Company headquarters at 75 Ninth Avenue became the combination retail and office complex known as Chelsea Market.

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